Kicked to the Curb: Ugly Law Then and Now

Friday, November 30, 2012
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall
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Susan Schweik, Professor, Department of English, Associate Dean, Arts and Humanities

"Kicked to the Curb: Ugly Law Then and Now"

Jonathan Simon, Adrian A. Kragen Professor of Law, responding

Friday, November 30
11:00 - 12:30 pm
Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall
School of Law

In this talk, Professor Schweik will examine the city of Portland's
sidewalk ordinance.  She will discuss its relation to historical Ugly Laws, its framing of disability rights and homeless rights as antithetical, and an alternative history posed by the concrete utopia of sidewalk poetry.

Susan Schweik is Associate Dean of Arts and Humanities and a recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence. A former Presidential Chair in Undergraduate Education for Disability Studies at U.C. Berkeley, she has been involved with the development of disability studies at Berkeley for fifteen years. She was co-coordinator of the Ed Roberts Fellowships in Disability Studies post-doctoral program at Berkeley (coordinated by the Institute for Urban and Regional Development).  She is a recipient of Berkeley's Distinguished Teaching Award. Her proudest honor is the name sign given to her by students at Gallaudet: see

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Sponsor: Law and Humanities Initiative at Berkeley Law 

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